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Girl burns blind father with boiling water, pleads self defence

Tiyani Hahlani
Yemurai Ngwarai (23) of House Number 2009/15 Vakai
Cresent, Pangolin, Masvingo, on Wednesday appeared before Masvingo magistrate
Rufaro Mangwiro accused of committing an act of domestic violence against her
blind father, Richard Ngwarai.
She was charged
with violating Section 3(1) (a) as read with Section 4(1) of the Domestic
Violence Act Chapter 05.16, ‘physical abuse’.
She was acquitted after pleading self-defence, saying
her father had bashed her head against the wall and she had therefore acted to
defend herself.
It was the State’s case that on October 07 at around
19:00 hrs, Richard was in his bedroom when he heard her daughter shouting at
her step-mother, Fadzai Muzenda, who was cooking in the kitchen.
Upon arriving in the kitchen, Richard tried to refrain
her daughter from further insulting Muzenda but she did not stop.
Richard then decided to get hold of his daughter, whom
he told to get out of the kitchen but Yemurai responded by taking boiling water
which was on the stove and pouring it on his father’s chest.
Muzenda was also burnt on her left hand as she tried
to defend her husband from being burnt.
A medical report was presented and it showed that
Richard sustained plus or minus three percent burns from the boiling water.
Janet Mavavi appeared for the State.

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